When Community Catalyst Funds were created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Foundation, we all joined in imagining the first, best investment for a brighter future in greater Birmingham. That became Prize2theFuture, the on-line contest launched in 2011 and resulting in 1,115 ideas for one city-owned block in downtown Birmingham.
In the next step of Phase 2, those ideas are closer to reality as an active search begins to identify the developer of the Prize site, known as Lot D. As our partnership continues with the City of Birmingham, we are marketing the site through Operation New Birmingham. We also are using Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), an international firm that specializes in soliciting, promoting and evaluating development proposals, to help in managing the process.
“We are excited to begin the process of identifying a potential development team to bring the community vision of Prize2theFuture to reality,” said Kate Nielsen, president of the Community Foundation. “Prize2theFuture proved so successful as an on-line idea contest and continues to win worldwide attention as a new way of getting community input for a public-private partnership. This next step is even more important as we move toward a development offer for the City to consider.
“We are all committed to finding a developer who can make this another transformational project for the community and incorporate the elements of the winning idea – a community gathering place with food, high-tech elements and entertainment,” Nielsen said.
For questions about the development team search, contact David Fleming at Operation New Birmingham. To join other Community Catalyst Fund investors in supporting Prize2theFuture and other transformational investments for our community’s future, contact Erin Stephenson at the Community Foundation.